Simple steps to taking action in 2018

Taking action delivers success – It’s all about what you want

 

The path to success is to take massive, determined action – Tony Robbins

 

Taking action delivers success. This is something that I want to get across to you right away. When we first decide to make positive changes in our lives, we usually underestimate the amount of effort it will take.

It’s easy to dream and imagine a better life, but we also need to pay attention to our thoughts and take decisive action. And that’s where most of us get stuck.

 

Imagine that you wanted to fix a car, and think about the process that needs to be put into place. You’d need to conceive the idea, purchase the desired car, draw up plans, order materials, hire professionals to do the tasks you can’t, and finally, begin building your dream car.

 

If you got as far as purchasing the materials and then sat there waiting for them to magically form themselves into a car, you’d be waiting a long time!

 

We need to use the same process to “build” the lives we want, the dreams we desire. We need to be clear on what we want (conceive the idea), draw up plans (set goals), and then take action to form our desires in the physical.

 

What most of us do, however, is say we want to change, but then act in ways that contradict that desire. There can be many reasons for this, such as the lure of old habits, fear, or low self-confidence. Until we resolve the underlying issues, we will keep sabotaging our efforts to change.

 

Figure out what is holding you back

 

If this describes you, and you’ve been struggling to make positive changes in your life and you just can’t seem to do it, here is a plan of action to help you break through any walls that may be holding you back:

 

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Pro Tip 1

Identify and remove blockages. If you consistently avoid taking the actions that will bring about positive change in your life, there is likely something holding you back. It may be an old belief that you’re not strong enough to take on any new tasks or fear that you won’t be able to handle the new circumstances or just plain old resistance to change.

 

If you take some time to explore these feelings, you will be able to work through any limiting beliefs or fears. In fact, don’t be surprised if you discover something about yourself that you never knew existed. What most people end up finding is they are much stronger than they thought.

 

You can explore your feelings by either writing them out or speaking them aloud. However, I always like to write things down, even if I speak them allowed so they are always in front of me. You might start off with a prompt such as, “I feel afraid of . . .” or “I feel safe with my life the way it is because . . .”

 

Allow your answers to come freely, and work on changing any thoughts or beliefs that will continue to hold you back.

 

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Pro Tip 2

Form decisive action steps. Another reason you might resist change is feeling unsure about the actions you need to take to bring it about. If you make a list of very specific steps that you can take daily, you will have a clear roadmap for the outcome you are trying to create.

 

Think about the outcome, and then decide exactly which actions will bring you closer to it. Write them down and review them several times a day to be sure you are on the right track. Also, remember that taking action delivers success.

 

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Pro Tip 3

Make the right decisions. Adapting to change requires consistent decision-making. When you decide to quit smoking, you don’t make that decision just once and be done with it. You need to make that decision over and over again.

 

Do this when the cravings arise until you no longer desire to smoke. If you decide to exercise every day, you will need to make that decision again each day, day after day, week after week – even if you don’t feel like exercising initially.

 

The same process applies to any changes you are trying to make in your life. Every single moment, you will need to choose the actions that will result in what you are trying to create. In order to do this, you may need to develop a deeper level of awareness about your own actions, especially if you find yourself automatically gravitating toward unproductive actions.

 

Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention – Steve Maraboli.

 

Kill Procrastination

 

Now that you have figured out what the issues are and you now have a plan of action, do not falter. This is the exact moment where most people fall, just short of their goal.

 

They will stop right here and fail to accomplish what they already figured out. Little thoughts of doubt and fear of failure will enter their minds, stopping them right in their tracks.

 

Watch this video from Robin Sharma on how to kill procrastination

 

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This is not the time for procrastinating. Now is the time for taking action on what you have written down. This is remembering, the whole reason you are here.

 

So start with the first thing and move on from there. When Taking more action to accomplishing what you want, you will see it get’s easier as you go. This is because the more you do something, you start to get accustomed to it.

 

Now that you have started to take action, do not slow down. This is key to really making things happen for yourself.

 

As you go, go harder and harder, taking more and more action until you have hit your goal. I guarantee you the feeling you get from completing your tasks will far outweigh the fear of taking action. Just get started.

 

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement – Bo Bennett[/su_quote]

 

Remember that improvement is a process, and it takes consistent effort and much focus. The good news is that once we begin the process, it gets easier every time we choose the right actions. Moment to moment, we do have the power to choose. If we take our time and enjoy the journey, we can’t fail.

 

If you would like additional help with this, I have created a series of books called “Developing A New Mindset”. This series covers all issues ranging from taking action to believing in yourself. It also comes with some “Bonus” material that I know will help you achieve whatever it is you want to.

 

I believe in you – It is time for you to believe in you too.

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10 comments on “Simple steps to taking action in 2018

Thank you so much for sharing this insightful information. It is so true how we dream of having a better life but then forget all the steps necessary to get there. Over the past 2 years, I have pushed through with my personal goals to succeed as a blogger online. Every day I have to remind myself of why I am doing this as I slowly inch ahead towards my goal. It is a slow process and so many people seem to put further doubt in my abilities along the way. I learned not to take it personally and I don’t hold a grudge towards them as I think they are just not in that special place I find myself right now. The extra work I do besides my full-time job to make this a success has become a new daily routine and habit. Now it is just a matter of time and ongoing growing that will lead me to success.

You are clearly already on a successful path. Stay the course. Only you know the struggles you have and will continue to go through and only every successful person will understand why.

Action is definitely key to success. One must be willing to face their fears and step out of that dreaded comfort zone. The biggest obstacle in one’s way to success is themselves.

Wow, this is an amazing post. I am really glad that you mentioned all the important points that we need to consider if we want to succeed in our life. i agree with each and every thing you have said in the post and I am going to share it with all i know. Looking forward for more posts from your, I am impressed…:)

Great post! Very thought provoking, and made me want to keep working hard at the life changes I have been making. I am a stay at home mom with a 3 year old and 1 year old so sometimes it is incredibly hard to stay focused, but like you said I am trying to take action steps every single day to get me closer to my goals.

Very good read!

Great article about how to make a positive change in your life. I’m trying to do this myself. Thank you for sharing.

Just continue to believe in yourself every day and you will start to see more and more positive changes. Thank you for the comment.

Just keep on pushing forward. you know deep inside you can do this. Raising little ones is no easy feat. You got this. thank you for the comment.

Thank you for your comments, very much appreciated.

I totally agree with you. Most people do not realize they are their biggest obstacle. thank you for the comment.

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